If you’ve been on social media or visited various message boards you’ll have noticed that a growing number of people aren’t entirely satirised with Nintendo’s holiday lineup this year. There’s a few spin-offs of established franchises and a Star Fox title which hasn’t really resonated with fans. However, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto has defended the line-up and says that the company is always looking to surprise the fans.
“In terms of Metroid, yes, it wasn’t exactly what fans expected,” Miyamoto agreed. “With Animal Crossing [Happy Home Designer] we have a new type of gameplay but it is still the same franchise – perhaps not along the traditional line of what you expect but what we always try to do is work with the hardware we have.
“If you look across the line-up of what we have for this year we’re using the Amiibo cards, Amiibo, the [Mario Maker] editing tool, two screens. Both the new Metroid and Zelda: Triforce Hero titles are new in terms of their gameplay.
“Even moving on to the year after, we’re always thinking of ways to surprise the audience.”